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One day, my children decided to claim their favorite dinner in my recipe collection.

This one is Bug’s favorite.

It’s a delicious spin on macaroni and cheese.

Delicious!

And simple to make!

Hooray!

Enjoy!

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

8 oz rigatoni or ziti

1 Tbsp oil

1/2 small onion, chopped

2 Tbsp flour

2 cups milk

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp white pepper

4 oz mozzarella, shredded

5 oz frozen peas

4 oz cooked ham, cubed

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook noodles to al dente, drain, and return to pot.

In a saucepan heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and saute until tender, but not brown.

Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.

With a whisk, gradually add milk, salt, and pepper.  Whisk constantly to avoid lumps.

Increase the heat to high and continue whisking constantly until the mixture comes to a boil.

Remove pan from heat and stir in half of the cheese.

Into the pasta, add the cheese sauce, ham, and peas.  Stir to combine.

Pour into a shallow 1 1/2 quart casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 -30 minutes until bubbly, cheese melts, and browns slightly.

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